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NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Talladega Superspeedway

IMG_2817By AMANDA VINCENT
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series head to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway for the second restrictor-plate race of the season for each season — Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 for the Xfinity Series and the Geico 500 for the Cup Series on Sunday.
The 188-lap Geico 500 for the Cup Series will be divided into two 55-lap stages and a third stage of 78 laps. Saturday’s Xfinity Series race, meanwhile, will consist of two 25-lap stages and a 63-lap final stage for a total of 113 laps.
The schedule differs from normal, as Cup Series qualifying is slated for Saturday evening, after the Xfinity Series race. Then, Cup cars will be impounded until Sunday’s race.
The race weekend is a tripleheader weekend, as the ARCA Racing Series has a race scheduled for Friday evening at Talladega.
Below, is the schedule for NASCAR-related on-track activity at Talladega Superspeedway (courtesy of NASCAR.com):
(All times ET)
FRIDAY
11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. – Xfinity Series practice (FS1)
1:30-2:25 p.m. – Xfinity Series final practice (FS1)
2:30-3:25 p.m. – Cup Series practice (FS1)
4:30-5:25 p.m. – Cup Series final practice (FS1)
SATURDAY
10:30 a.m. – Xfinity Series qualifying (FS1)
1 p.m. – Xfinity Series race (FOX)
4 p.m. – Cup Series qualifying (FOX)
SUNDAY
2 p.m. – Cup Series race (FOX)
WEATHER (courtesy of Accuweather.com):
The Talladega Superspeedway race weekend looks to get off to a cool and, possibly, wet start on Friday, with the day’s forecasted high temperature at 55 degrees and a 46 percent chance of rain. The forecast improves, though, for Saturday and Sunday — race days for the Xfinity and Cup Series.
Daytime highs of 73 degrees are expected for both Saturday and Sunday. The only chance of rain those two days is a scant two percent chance Saturday. Meanwhile, vernight lows over the course of the weekend are expected to dip into the 40s.
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